Israel Must Become the Major Player!
by Michael W. (FaceBook posting)
I care as much about Israel as any American Jew can but, I don't include it in my political calculations. And, here's why:
Above all, I don't want Israel to become dependent upon a continuous stream of good will from the United States. Presidents will come and go, geo-political realities will remain in flux and Israel, brilliant and powerful, will thrive as a leading player in global gamesmanship – must be a player, not a tributary!
There are several reasons why the US will never cut ties with Israel and most of those reasons give the Jewish State excellent options in case it does.
The US does not want to see a nuclear war in the Middle East. The only way it can prevent that, to keep Israel from making an existential decision, is to remain engaged. Severing ties will remove all influence DC has in Jerusalem.
Israel is a leading developer of advanced weapons systems. If the US drops its partnership in that area, there are several nations ready to step in: India, China, Russia, Japan for example. The US won't find its interests well served by such a development.
The US needs a stable base in the Middle East. Its base in Saudi Arabia was shut down and a new one built in the UAE. But, that one too, exists under Arab sufferance. But, as much as the Arab hate having American troops on their soil, they would really hate having an American base in Israel, where they would have little to say about what goes on there. That's Israel's ace in the hole.
While I wouldn't vote for someone who openly opposes Israel's right to exist and defend itself, most of the mainstream candidates are bound by the same realities of Israel's and America's places in the world.
Food for Thought by Steven Shamrak
I promote Zionism - It is not a radical ideology, as many anti-Semites and self-hating Jews portray it, but the Jewish independence movement! It is based on the long national aspirations and religious history of Jewish people, as well as on the legality of modern international law (such as the original declaration of the Palestine mandate as Eretz-Israel and rules that regulate results of a defensive war). Unfortunately, any Jewish radicalism, Left or Right, is highly counter-productive. It divides our people and hinders the reclamation and reunification of Jewish ancestral land. Reclaiming and reunification of Eretz-Israel is the main objective of Zionism!
Washington continues to waffle over whether to attend a May 30 conference in Paris which would force peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon noted that Israel "is not invited" to the conference, but that ultimately the stubborn party has been Ramallah - and that the US is, in fact, exasperated from mediating peace talks. (Bill Clinton recently blamed the ‘Palestinians’ for rejecting all peace offers! He knew it when he forced Israel sign the idiotic Oslo Accords, which gave legitimacy to the fake terror infested people, who were created in 1960s to destroy Israel!)
Egypt opened the Rafah border crossing into Gaza for the first time in three months on Wednesday. The crossing will be open for two days. Egyptian authorities have kept the crossing virtually sealed since a terrorist attack in the Sinai Peninsula in October 2014. (International anti-Semitic bigots have never protested against the blockade of Gaza by Egypt – no flotillas, no international ‘rebuke’ from the ‘Ugly Nazi’!)
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that a UNESCO resolution on the Temple Mount that ignores any Jewish connection to Jerusalem was “clumsy” and “unfortunate” and should have been avoided. France was among the 33 countries that backed the resolution in the 58-member body.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) opposes the entry of the Zionist Union into a unity government, stating Friday that the union is incompatible. "'It's us or them' is not just an election slogan - this statement reflects differences in perspective," Hotovely stated. "The public elected us and we should take this as a mandate to lead the government under the stance the public selected."
Venezuelan Ambassador to the UN Rafael Ramirez expressed his apology to Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon following his comments at the UN Security Council where he asked if “Israel wants a final solution to the Palestinians?” (As usual, this apology was not widely covered by international press, unlike the accusations made by anti-Semitic idiots!)
There are more food establishments that recognize the value of adding kosher products to their range, while anti-Semitism leads many Jews to move away and kosher restaurants to close. There are between 3,500-4,000 kosher restaurants in the world, at least 800 of which are located in New York alone.
Bill and Hillary Clinton received at least $100 million from autocratic Persian Gulf states and their leaders, potentially undermining Democratic presidential candidate Hillary’s claim she can carry out independent Middle East policies. As a presidential candidate, the amount of foreign cash the Clintons have amassed from the Persian Gulf states is “simply unprecedented,” says national security analyst Patrick Poole.
Quote of the Week:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein – By engaging in negotiations with the mortal enemy, Israel has bestowed legitimacy on them and allowed international anti-Semites to put even more pressure on the Jewish state to relinquish its claim on Jewish land!
by Philip Weiss
The new Israeli ambassador to the United Nations believes that Israel has God on its side but not the United States. In fact, US policy has cost Israel “thousands of young lives.”
The appointment of the rightwing Israeli politician Danny Danon as ambassador is widely seen as an expression of contempt for diplomacy on the part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a specific rebuke of President Obama, because Danon argues that Israel should annex the West Bank and force Palestinians to become citizens of Jordan.
But Danon’s beliefs go beyond rightwing political dictums to a religious understanding of Israel’s best friends. In his 2012 book, Israel: The Will to Prevail, Danon repeatedly quotes God, saying that God gave the land of Canaan to the Jews as an “everlasting possession” and God even went took the trouble to rename the land “Israel.”
He also states that Israel has only been hurt when it responded to pressure from the United States: Israel has served itself best by undertaking pre-emptive attacks, against Egypt and Iraq, rather than accepting American counsel to hold back – a view that applies to Iran as well...
Danon states that the American policy toward Israel only hurt Israel. The pattern began during the Holocaust:
“The very people in whom the Jews had the most faith - Americans - essentially abandoned the Jews in Europe during the Holocaust.”
It continued in the Eisenhower administration, which threatened “to outlaw American Jewish organizations that aided Israel”...
The US again failed Israel in the Yom Kippur war of 1973, an episode that “exposes the deadly effects of too much US interference.”
Instead of engaging in a pre-emptive attack against the Arab nations that were gearing up once again at the borders, Israeli leadership succumbed to US pressure, ultimately losing thousands of young lives in a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria…
Again the US failed Israeli in 1981. America knew that Iraq was reaching “nuclear capability and would exploit the ability to influence or destroy Israel...
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin insisted that he would “not be the man in whose time there will be a second Holocaust” and ordered a strike on the Iraqi nuclear facility at Osirak. Danon offers a rationale for pre-emptive strikes by Israel.
“Pre-emptive, preventive strikes are risky for many reasons… They may not be greeted with enthusiasm or admiration from the international community. So be it. Israel must be willing to make decisions that are unpopular around the globe...”
(Israel needs to ‘shock’ the Arabs states and the World by regaining complete control over Jewish ancestral land and by removing enemy population from it. Only after this they will understand that Jews have left “mizraim” – gulut or slavery – and are serious about being a self-respecting and independent nation on its rightfully own land!)